Food & Dining

Tasty treats at Plum Cafe

Plum Cafe

REVIEW: Plum Cafe is one of those Wellington eateries where the food tastes better than the surroundings suggest.

Fork and Brewer covers all bases

Fork and Brewer

REVIEW: Fork and Brewer is offering lunch and dinner menus for Wellington on a Plate

Tequila Joe's delivers the goods

tequila joes

SOPHIE SPEER - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: There's something quietly comforting about eating deep-fried jalapeno poppers while listening to Tom Cochrane's Life is a Highway.

Heaven for a Mexican foodie

Pan de Muerto

MICHELLE DUFF - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: If there's such a thing as a Latin Americanophile, I'm one of them.

Grace's new job takes the cake


A successful young lawyer- turned-baker from Wadestown has risen to the task of creating cupcake works of art.

Muse great for food inspiration

Muse restaurant

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: In the food world, anyone lacking in inspiration need look no further than Muse on Allen.

Ministry of Food marks 25 years

ministry of food

More than 400 specialty cheese scones were snapped up by mid-morning during jubilee celebrations for a stalwart cafe.

Good old fish'n'chips hits the spot

fisherman's plate


PREVIEW: When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, fish and chips on a Friday was a favourite treat.

Food, glorious food

Josiah Taulelei

Josiah Taulelei about his mother's chop suey, inventing food for Wishbone and cycling from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Food review: Mama Brown

Mama Brown

KERRY MCBRIDE - The Wellingtonian

Ever so quietly, Mama Brown set up shop in Tory St last month, offering lunchtime punters an alternative to the inevitable wait they are faced with at Sweet Mother's Kitchen.

Mediterranean taste treats

Shish Tawook

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

PREVIEW: Your tastebuds can travel around the Mediterranean from the comfort of one new restaurant in Dixon St.

Kapiti's finest on a plate


Kapiti is set to showcase its best fare to food-lovers during this year's Wellington On A Plate festival, with seven events in the district.

Brewing up a storm

Rex Morgan

Reckon your home brew is heavenly? Aspiring brewers can put their brew to the test at this year's Beervana expo.

Taste of Korea underwhelms

Taste of Korea

KATIE CHAPMAN - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: One thing I can say for the Taste of Korea is that it's memorable. Whether that's good, I'm not sure.

Sweet Mother's always delivers

Sweet Mother's

SOPHIE SPEER - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: Dining at Sweet Mother's Kitchen always feels like a party.

Japanese food with a twist

Ramen strap

REVIEW: Sushi may reign supreme when it comes to Japanese food in Wellington, but pop-up restaurant The Ramen Shop is filling a niche for noodles.

Capital impresses Oz food expert

Libby Weaver

RUBY HARFIELD - The Wellingtonian

Australian nutritionist Dr Libby Weaver has released a set of new video tutorials in Wellington because she considers the city a "real foodie hub".

Logan from host to coast

Restaurateur on children, TV and new hips


Steve Logan is very excited. There's a lot going on in the life of the 52-year-old co-founder of Wellington restaurant Logan Brown.

Self-assembly breakfast champion

Nikau Cafe

ELLE HUNT - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: What Nikau Cafe lacks in passing foot traffic, it makes up for in word-of-mouth recommendations.

Sizzling seafood for waterfront

simon gault

Simon Gault has a vision that his Crab Shack eatery in Wellington will be a first for New Zealand

Recipe: San Choy Bau

San Choy Bau

San Choy Bau is a classic Chinese starter and is very easy to make. Danielle sent in this recipe. She said it tasted phenomenal and was something she would be making on regular basis.

Library lives up to expectations

The Library

KERRY MCBRIDE - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: The Library has become known for its cocktails and its sweet dessert deal on Tuesdays.

Ten years of good Mojo

Mojo coffee

Wellington has bad coffee to thank for kick-starting one of its favourite coffee brands.

Cooking in te reo

Joe McLeod

Globetrotting chef Joe McLeod has been expanding viewers' cooking repertoires while improving te reo skills in his Maori TV show.

Recipe of the Week: Anzac Biscuits

Anzac biscuits

Tomorrow is Anzac Day, so we have a simple recipe for Anzac biscuits.

Fine dining with a wallop

White House restaurant

REVIEW: The decision to dine White House wasn't made lightly because the it is well known as one of Wellington's most expensive restaurants.

Te Papa cafe doesn't quite hit the mark

Te Papa cafe

AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: New Zealand's premier museum is in prime position on the Wellington waterfront, with a not-so-premier cafe inside.

Heart-warming Italian food


AMY JACKMAN - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: Zico Cucina and Bar is a treat on a Sunday night, especially if you have the set menu.

Tea parties still a treat

Hippopotamus treats

SOPHIE SPEER - The Wellingtonian

When I was seven, I received a china tea set for Christmas.

Recipe: Corn and Zucchini Fritters

Corn fritters

Corn and zucchini fritters are easy to make and are great for dinner, lunch or weekend brunch.

Recipe: Creamy cranberry coconut ice

Coconut ice

Looking for a sweet treat for after dinner or to put in you lunch box? Try this easy one for creamy cranberry coconut ice.

A little bit of South America

Tucked away behind Newtown's Pita Pit, the latest addition to Wellington's burgeoning South American restaurant scene is buzzing.

Taste offers quality in Khandallah

Taste Khandallah

MICHAEL FORBES - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: Being the elegant dining option in a well-to-do area like Khandallah can't be easy.

Casablanca offers a hint of Morocco

Tangine dish

JOSEPH ROMANOS - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: Morocco seems to have settled into a tiny corner of Cambridge Tce.

Recipe of the Week: Banana Cake

banana cake

Banana cake is a popular treat and this week we have an easy double chocolate banana cake recipe, sent in by Chris Wilding.

Cocktail bar ticks the boxes

Poquito bar


REVIEW: Ladies of Wellington. There's a new cocktail bar in town. And what a bar it is, too.

Recipe of the Week: Potato Rosti

Potato rosti

This week's easy-to-make recipe is for potato rosti, sent to us by Helen Thomson.

Caffe Mode's tale of success

Caffe Mode


Caffe Mode in Kelburn has no right to be as successful as it has been over the past 20 years.

A stylish caffeine treat

Flight Coffee

REVIEW: The Flight Coffee Hanger is one of Wellington's newest speciality coffee houses.

Recipe of the Week: Carrot Cake

Carrot cake

This week we have a recipe for moist carrot cake with cream cheese icing, sent to us by Chris Wilding.

Recipe of the Week: Lemon loaf

Lemon loaf

This week we have a recipe for fresh lemon loaf, sent to us by Amanda Chu of Melrose.

Diners flock to Scorching Bay



Bert Vlug and Keith Morrison had the job ahead of them in 2008, when they opened Scorch O Rama in Karaka Bay Rd, Seatoun.

Recipe: Gluten-free nut cake

nut cake

The week we have a recipe for gluten-free nut cake, sent in all the way from the United States by Anna-Maria Hertzer.

Chow always worth a visit

Chow restaurant


REVIEW: If it hasn't been said before, it needs to be said now: Chow is a Wellington institution.

Recipe of the week: Zucchini muffins

Zucchini muffins

Looking for a great way to disguise zucchini? Try this recipe for scrumptious zucchini muffins.

Recipe: Choc-mint self-saucing pudding

Choco mint pudding

To kick off our recipe of the week series we have a recipe for choc-mint, self-saucing pudding. The rather decadent sounding recipe was sent to us by Laura Appleby.

Duke Carvell's hits the mark

Duke Carvell's

The Wellingtonian

One of life's greatest joys is sharing food.

Pickle's impressive debut

Pickle strap

KERRY MCBRIDE - The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: As soon as I heard that the new place in Sandwiches offered mac 'n' cheese sliders, I knew it wouldn't be long before I ended up at Pickle Eating House & Bar.

A warm welcome at Leuven


The Wellingtonian

REVIEW: It's been more than a year since I've stepped through the doors of Leuven in Featherson St, but little has changed.